Robin Roberts’ ailing mother has passed away. It’s sad news made even sadder due to the “Good Morning America” co-anchor’s current medical complications.
According to TMZ, the 88-year-old mother, Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts, was in poor health and died on Thursday.
News of the death follows Roberts’ sudden departure from the show a day prior to the scheduled medical leave to address her recent diagnosis of MDS.
Robin left the show on Thursday morning, announcing that she had to tend to a matter at home.
"I had planned to let tomorrow be the last day,” she said. “And then some things happened at home and I want to take care of that before I begin my treatment next week."
She and her sister Sally-Ann flew out to Mississippi to be with Lucimarian before she passed. It was also reported that the 88-year-old was suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
Robin tweeted to fans as she departed…
This morning is a memory I will cherish forever. Thank you and bless you. Sally-Ann and I are on our way to be with our beloved mother. X0
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) August 30, 2012
Roberts developed MDS – a rare bone marrow disorder – as a result of the chemotherapy treatment that she had been receiving to treat her breast cancer that she was diagnosed with in 2007.
Sally-Ann has volunteered to donate blood marrow to her sister for a transplant procedure that is scheduled to take place next week.
As Hollyscoop previously reported, the co-anchor is expected to be absent from “GMA” for several months. Filling in for Roberts while she is out are familiar daytime faces like Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Elizabeth Vargas.
Also stepping in to help include some celebrity names like Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Chirs Rock, Rob Lowe, and the cast of “Modern Family.”
No word yet on an official return date for Roberts, but a website for Team Robin has been set up to keep fans posted on her medical status.